Azmaam made a promising start at Newmarket but never picked up as expected in the closing stages over 7f at Sandown last time. Al Rayyan showed some improvement when third at Redcar and there should be more to come from him but a chance is taken on BELLAJEU. She never got involved over 6f at Newbury on her debut but the 3000,000gns filly should be seen in a better light over this longer trip. Egmont is related to four winners and is preferred to Newera of the newcomers.
Al Rayyan (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, soon hung left, no extra, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Spring Offensive (9-5) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Azmaam (IRE) 7-4 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Darshini (9-5) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Egmont Notnowcato colt out of Salutare.
Newera Makfi colt out of Coming Home.
Red Stripes (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Slowly away outpaced, last of 6, 25l behind Red Icon (9-5) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in May.
Saltarello (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 10l behind Groor (9-5) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
The Lampo Genie Champs Elysees colt out of Samar Qand.
Bellajeu 8-1 (9-0) Raced centre, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, 9th of 16, 15l behind Goldcrest (9-0) at Newbury 6f mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Harps Of Bretagne 100-1 (8-1) Outpaced in rear, struggling from 4f out, soon tailed off, 11th of 12, 21l behind Alans Pride (8-9) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Jul.